Prof. Dr. Peter Eisner

Honorary Professor at TUM since 2023


Process engineering of plant based raw materials


Prof. Dr. Peter Eisner studied process engineering at the Technical University of Munich, where he received his PhD in 1997 on the evaporation of highly contaminated process wastewater and his habilitation in 2014 at the School of Life Sciences in Weihenstephan for process engineering of plant based raw materials. 

Since 1996, Prof. Eisner has been employed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging, being its deputy director since 2017. Among other things, he is responsible for technology transfer. In addition to numerous scientific publications, he has filed 75 patent applications and initiated 11 start-ups. In addition, he was Professor of Systems and Bioprocess Engineering at Steinbeis University Berlin from 2019 to 2023. 

He is founder and CEO of Macauba Ingredients GmbH, a Fraunhofer spin-off. The purpose of the company is the utilization of Macauba palms in Brazil, from cultivation to integrated utilization. This includes the extraction of oils, fats, proteins and fiber from the fruits of the palms for use in various industries.


  • since June 2023: Co-founder and CEO of Macauba Ingredients GmbH, Freising
  • since 2017: deputy director of Fraunhofer IVV and head of technology transfer
  • April to October 2010: Managing Director of Prolupin GmbH, Grimmen
  • 2006-2017: Head of process development for food and plant-based raw materials at Fraunhofer IVV
  • 2001-2006: Business field manager for biogenic raw materials and food ingredients at Fraunhofer IVV


  • Federal President award Deutscher Zukunftspreis (2014)
  • Joseph von Fraunhofer Prize (2012)
  • Raw Material Efficiency Prize of the Federal Minister of Economics (2011)
  • Fraunhofer Prize for Human- and Environment-Centered Technology (2007)